THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTIONS OF BOTANICALS AND UNIQUE NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

The Tint

Working the web....

May 26, 2019

There is a web of life out there, ready for us to embrace. If you've followed us for any length of time, you're well aware that we are not just pushing you to play with natural, botanical-style aquariums only for the pretty aesthetics. We are almost as obsessed with the function of these aquariums and the wild habitats which they attempt to represent! And one of the most important functions of many botanically-influenced wild habitats is the support of food webs. As we've discussed before in this blog, the leaf litter zones in tropical waters are home to a remarkable diversity of life, ranging from microbial to fungal, as well as crustaceans and insects...oh, and fishes, too!  These life forms...

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Color, clarity, and the stuff in between.

May 25, 2019

More mental shifts are required of hobbyists each and every day... As more and more hobbyists embrace the use of aquatic botanicals in their aquaria, we're seeing more and more tanks with a golden brownish-colored "tint" to the water. I love that, as you all know. However, let's be clear (arghhh!) about one thing: There is a difference between "color" and "clarity." The color is, as you know, a product of tannins leaching into the water from wood and botanicals, and typically is not "cloudy." It' actually one of the most natural-looking water conditions around, as water influenced by soils, woods, leaves, etc. is ubiquitous around the world. Other than having that undeniable color, there is little that differentiates this...

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